Delivered this fall, Rüya is unusual for being a fully custom megayacht in a size range dominated by semi-custom craft. But she’s so much more. Built by Turkey-based Alia Yachts, Rüya is what results when owners understand that the real measure of a yacht is her volume, not her length.
To be clear, the owners of Rüya did have a size in mind when they commissioned her. Measuring 135’5” (41.29 meters), the yacht fits that preconceived parameter perfectly. The difference is, they didn’t settle on the figure because they felt it would provide more room than smaller options—a mistaken notion nearly all buyers have. Despite what you’d assume by her LOA, Rüya has a gross tonnage similar to that of 164-footers (50-meters): 499. For comparison’s sake, the gross tonnage of two popular megayacht series of about the same LOA is close to 200 (one being just over it, the other being just under it).
“There is no question that the volume and beam of the yacht creates the feeling of being on a much bigger yacht, with its fully custom design unique for a vessel in this size range,” explains Sam Sorgiovanni of Sam Sorgiovanni Designs, whom the owners turned to for styling and interior design. (Van Oossanen Naval Architects handled naval architecture.) “The interior layout and sophisticated decor along with the exterior design combine to create a compact superyacht that defies its length.”
This video provides your first look at the interior and overall impact of Rüya. Abundant natural-looking and -feeling materials like bamboo and textured woods are used aboard. They set a casual ambiance for the five staterooms and common areas. Alfresco areas are casual, too, and a priority for the owners of Rüya.
Keep in mind, too, that Rüya has a beam of 29’4” (8.95 meters). Surely you’ll find yourself forgetting a few times the “limits” of her dimensions. The more you forget, the better off you’ll be, especially if you’re considering commissioning a yacht of your own.